Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Strategic Objectives

2.29 The following Objectives set out the link between the vision and the draft policy approaches set out in this Issues and Options/Preferred Options version of the Local Plan.


Strategic Objective

Relevant Key Challenges


Objective A

To address housing needs by planning for at least 5,632 new homes of an appropriate housing mix and tenure. Of this figure, 4,901 homes will be delivered in Surrey Heath. The remaining unmet need of 731 homes will be met by working with our Housing Market Area partners.

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Economic (Employment)

Objective B

To identify and protect Strategic and Locally Important employment sites to help fulfil the Borough's role in facilitating strong economic performance across all sectors within the Functional Economic Area (Hart Rushmoor and Surrey Heath) and the wider EM3 LEP area.


Economic (Retail)

Objective C

To enhance the vitality and viability of Camberley Town Centre and the other District and Local centres within the Borough.



Objective D

To ensure that development within the Borough is supported by the necessary physical, social and green infrastructure to meet the needs of future Surrey Heath residents.

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Objective E

Environmental (Biodiversity)

To ensure that development does not have a detrimental impact on designated international and national sites of important natural assets and that new development provides opportunities to improve biodiversity and provide for environmental net gain.

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Objective F

Environmental (Pollution)

To ensure that new development considers the impact on air quality and minimises or mitigates the impact of noise, light pollution, odours, emissions and particulates.

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Objective G

Environmental (Flood Risk and Water Quality)

To ensure that new development, unless appropriate development under the Exceptions Test, is not located in areas of high or medium risk of flooding and that development does not increase surface water run-off.

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Objective H

Environmental (Renewable Energy)

To ensure that opportunities for renewable energy, including any new technologies that may come forward through the lifetime of the Local Plan, address any adverse impacts, including impact on landscape and character.

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 Countryside and Green Belt

Objective I

To protect and enhance the character of the Green Belt and countryside beyond the Green Belt.


 Design and Heritage

Objective J

To conserve and enhance the Borough's built environment and heritage assets, both designated and non-designated.


Local Area Policies

Objective K

To ensure that development provided within the Borough has regard to the local area.

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